Definition of cupidity in English:



mass noun
  • Greed for money or possessions.

    ‘new wealth, however tainted by cupidity and egoism, tends to be favourable for the arts’
    • ‘In reality, the prospect is implausible: reduce a man's propensity to lust and he will compensate with an increased aggression or cupidity.’
    • ‘Like an alternating current, the atmosphere of the reef flickers between urgent desire and cold, murderous cupidity.’
    • ‘The current climate is tailor-made for a populist politician of the left to exploit, by railing against the extravagance, cupidity and even criminality of the money men.’
    • ‘And this refusal of the author to charge the people with their own stupidity and cupidity, this refusal of the people to own up and take responsibility, is symptomatic.’
    • ‘Whilst the greatest terror possesses the large capitalist, cupidity inspires the other; and the two elements, instead of checking one another, co-exist together.’
    • ‘The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.’
    • ‘They ask for wealth, power, fame, sexual pleasure - and they get these, but also cupidity, insomnia, anxiety, and frustration/disease.’
    • ‘Unquestioningly, the tree grants their desire, but also gifts them cupidity, insomnia, anxiety and frustration.’
    • ‘I have never stopped being angry at hypocrisy and hate and stupidity and cupidity, either.’
    • ‘Some of them are natural, the results of vagaries of climate, but others, the majority, are caused by human frailty and cupidity.’
    • ‘Happily our cupidity was never tested by finding something as cherishable as a Neolithic polished axe head.’
    • ‘Scenarios lampooning cupidity and gluttony appear on the inside of a covered glass dish, or among the decorations of teapots and vases, or the contents of a serving dish, blurring the line of demarcation that separates faith and folly.’
    • ‘That autumn, however, the collapse of the general farm reform combined with accusations of cupidity from his enemies not only ended his dominance but almost drove him from office.’
    • ‘He does not hide his cupidity, but colleagues resent more the way he flaunts his brainpower.’
    • ‘They are convinced that cupidity, that the desire for wealth, that the worldliness seen in avarice is the ultimate cause for all of the social ills that they see around them.’
    • ‘An institutionalised mindset, hallowed by time, buttressed by vested interests whose established wealth it preserves, and reinforced at lesser levels by universal cupidity?’
    • ‘Unlike those cynics whose mordant view of human nature seeps into and darkens their personality, he visibly brightened as he related episodes of human cupidity and self-inflicted prisoners' dilemmas.’
    • ‘The other is the astonishing and brutal cupidity of those in power who will almost certainly steal and divert the funds and the contributions in kind that are pouring in from all over the world.’
    • ‘Consumer cupidity continues to grow across the UK, but in Scotland the year-on-year growth rate subsided last month from 10.2% to 4.2%.’
    • ‘Condemned to celibacy because married servants were expensive and inconvenient, their proverbial cupidity arose as often as not from saving to buy themselves out of service and into family life.’
    avarice, greediness, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity, graspingness, avidity, possessiveness, materialism
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Late Middle English: from Old French cupidite or Latin cupiditas, from cupidus ‘desirous’, from cupere ‘to desire’. Compare with covet.